Okra Water is the New Coconut Water, But Better

June 14, 2018 at 12:23 pm




Several recent studies reveal okra’s amazing ability to balance blood sugar, lower cholesterol and fight cancer





Okra is fast gaining a reputation as a “super food,” as more and more studies reveal it’s power to treat all kinds of illness, especially diabetes, high cholesterol and certain types of cancer.

Loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols, “okra water” heals while it hydrates.

Diabetes

Okra seeds have been used as a treatment for diabetes in the Middle East for generations, but several recent studies confirm the plant’s ability to reduce blood sugar in diabetic mice.

And now there’s a growing trend among Americans with diabetes to drink homemade okra water to regulate their blood-glucose levels.

The superior soluble fiber contained in okra is believed to help stabilize blood glucose by slowing the rate at which sugar is absorbed by the intestines.

Cancer

A 2014 study found the protein lectin extracted from okra reduced breast cancer cell growth by 63 percent.

A 2016 meta-analysis of 16 different studies suggested that folate, which okra is very high in, prevents against breast, cervical, pancreatic, lung, and other cancers.

Cholesterol

Harvard lists okra among the top 11 foods for lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol thanks to it being an excellent source of soluble fiber, making the plant heart healthy as well.

Chronic fatigue

A 2015 study found the antioxdants, flavonoids and polyphenols in okra improve energy levels and symptoms of depression, finding the plant to be an effective treatment for chronic fatigue.

Other uses

Other conditions okra water is used to treat include constipation, sore throat, irritable bowel, ulcers and lung inflammation.

Make your own okra water

It’s super easy. Just watch this short video:

Grow your own okra

Mother Earth News has a great article on everything you need to know about growing okra, so you can have a fresh, organic source in your backyard.